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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Council Work Session to Feature Three Items

      Monday, City Council will get the proposed plan and cost for the replacement structure for the Aviary in the Thompson Park Zoo.
      The covered pavillion is supposed to provide a better venue for educational and other activities at the Zoo and has gone through several itterations since 2010 when Council wanted to make something of the existing structure.
       Last year Council agreed to a covered pavillion as a replacement. The proposal is the result of input from users and Council will decide whether to send it our to bid in time to get the darn thing in place by summer.
        Council will surely reject at Monday's work session a proposal to place an electric car charging station on City property. Aside from the economics of it, there is real doubt it's even legal under the State Constitution to just give away electricity to a chosen group.
      Lawmakers will also discuss a proposed human resources position.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The covered pavilion is supposed to provide a better venue... blah blah blah.

Be honest!It is an unneeded reuse of a failed building. The intent is a shrine to a guy who held a political position at one time and whose surviving relatives are people you want to endear yourself with.

And you figure for the small cost of about 1000 times the price of those electric car chargers advocated for by the sanctimonious tofu eaters, you can endear yourself with the aforementioned for the foreseeable future.

Anonymous said...

This entire episode shows how differently people going about doing things than government. If a person/family wants something, they first determine cost, then proceed with planning. The City decided they wanted the project, then let all these engineers and school officials go nuts, then figured out what the cost would be. Ass backwards. What didja expect the costs to be with those two entities figuring things out?

Anonymous said...

Council has been bullied by Gorman from the get go. Don't do anything and let the bird house stand.

Anonymous said...

How about something simple, educational and useful? Volunteer handymen, faculty and students could convert the structure into a green house over several weekends this summer. The facility can educate kids about passive solar energy and growing simple flowers or greens that can be given away to the keep home, the food bank or used to feed the animals. No need for a political food fight or the typical patronage payments to the favorite consultants and contractors over this one.

Anonymous said...

I really hope that the Zoo has been involved with this project. They know what is best for their facility, they know how these structures will be used and maintained..this has been a very troubling issue from the start. We never read much about what the new director wants, just what the council wants. That's a bit frustrating and at $435,000, I think consultation is important.

Jeff Graham said...

There has been consultation all along. In fact the City Engineer has been told to make sure the replacement structure is funtional from a program standpoint and sustainable from a property owner's view.
The President of the Zoo Board is also the managing editor of the WDT, so there's no secrets about what is being proposed as the Zoo has been involved in the process all along.
The Council wanted to renovate the existing structure, but agreed to a replacement plan last summer. Again, there have been lots of meetings and I recently spoke at a Zoo Board meeting that was not open to the press.
Whatever you think of the pavillion or the cost, there has been no secret Council agenda or any refusal to do anything but work for an amicable resolution.

Anonymous said...

In this day and age where the economic future of our city, county, state, and country are so uncertain, wouldn't it be wise to not spend this type of money on a glorified bird house? $500,000 would be more wisely spent on just about anything other than the aviary. Or here's an idea! Don't spend the money at all and keep our taxes down. I realize there's a fat chance of that but really half a mill. for a birdhouse? Come on Jeff.

Anonymous said...

But then . . . . it is a perfect place to put the crows! All problems solved!

Anonymous said...

4:31 and 3:07 are on it. I agree with both of them. This is not the time to do this. Do you actually think the citizens of Watertown support this kind of expenditure? They don't. I like and respect the Burns family too. But this isn't a good idea.

Anonymous said...

Why not build a band shell where the old one was to have concerts for the people of Watertown once in awhile. People probably would get more use and enjoyment out of it and it would not cost so much as feeding a bunch of birdies.

Anonymous said...

Get real! Can't you people on the council think of something more productive to do with the taxpayers money..and we wonder why this country is so messed up!! It starts at the bottom and spirals upward!

Anonymous said...

Don't give away the electricity. Put a meter on it and sell the electricity.

Anonymous said...

Yes, 500kis ridiculous when there are so many more things that us, the taxpayers $ can go to. And then to give away free electricity to those who decided to buy electric cars. Make them spend their own $ to have the special outlets put in their garages so they can spend their $ on their electricity bill for their electric cars. Once again, not my tax $, or the rest of us. I still have to pay $3.75 at the pump for my gas hogging vehicle so why should I also have to pay for their electricity for their car? Smh